Piet Kleine

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Piet Kleine
Piet Kleine (2006).jpg
Piet Kleine in 2006
Personal information
Born (1951-09-17) 17 September 1951 (age 67)
Hollandscheveld, Netherlands
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1973
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m: 40.10 (1981)
1000 m: 1:17.35 (1981)
1500 m: 1:56.28 (1976)
3000 m: 4:08.86 (1981)
5000 m: 7:02.38 1976)
10 000 m: 14:36.03 (1980)

Pieter "Piet" Kleine (born 17 September 1951) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands who specialized in the longer distances.

Short biography[edit]

At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Piet Kleine became Olympic Champion on the 10,000 m, beating world record holder Sten Stensen – who won silver – in a close race. This was a reversal of the roles in the Olympic 5,000 m (which had been held three days earlier), in which Stensen had won gold and Kleine silver. In both the 5,000 m and the 10,000 m, Dutch – later French – speed skater Hans van Helden (then world record holder on the 5,000 m) won bronze. Later that same year (1976), Kleine broke 4 worlds records (including Van Helden's 5,000 m world record) and also became World Allround Champion.

Kleine participated again in the Winter Olympics of Lake Placid (1980), winning Olympic silver on the 10,000 m behind Eric Heiden. He ended his career as a speed skater in 1981 and started a successful career in amateur bicycle racing. In 1985, as a member of the Dutch national team, he finished 5th at the World Championships on the 100 km team time trial.

In 1986, Kleine became a marathon skater. This led to some controversy in 1997 when he finished 5th in the Elfstedentocht, but was subsequently removed from the final list of results because of a missing stamp on his stamp card. The controversy lay in the fact that, afterwards, it became clear that in the past several winners of the Elfstedentocht had missed stamps too, but were still declared the winners.

Kleine ended his skating career in 2001 and continued his profession as a postman, a profession he had always kept alongside his sports careers. In his free time, Kleine is the leader of a team of marathon skaters.

He later coached Dan Jansen.


An overview of medals won by Kleine at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1976 (10,000 m) 1976 (5,000 m)
1980 (10,000 m)
World Allround 1976 1973
European Allround 1975
Dutch Allround 1978 1973


World records[edit]

Over the course of his career, Kleine skated 4 world records:

Discipline Time Date Location
5000 m 7.04,86 5 March 1976 Inzell
5000 m 7.02,38 12 March 1976 Inzell
10,000 m 14.43,92 13 March 1976 Inzell
Big combination 165.884 13 March 1976 Inzell

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 40.10 30 January 1981 Davos
1,000 m 1:17.35 30 January 1981 Davos
1,500 m 1:56.28 13 March 1976 Inzell
3,000 m 4:08.86 26 February 1981 Inzell
5,000 m 7:02.38 12 March 1976 Inzell
10,000 m 14:36.03 23 February 1980 Lake Placid
Big combination 165.884 13 March 1976 Inzell

Kleine has an Adelskalender score of 164.899 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a 2nd place.


  1. ^ "Piet Kleine". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jos Hermens
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Hennie Kuiper
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Dianne de Leeuw
Flagbearer for  Netherlands
Lake Placid 1980
Succeeded by
Hilbert van der Duim